Henderson County commissioners agree to help restore historic Af – KLTV.com

Historic African-American cemetery to be restored (Source: KLTV Staff)


A historic African-American cemetery in East Texas is getting some much-needed renovations.

Henderson County commissioners have agreed to provide labor and equipment to help remove debris from a black historical cemetery in Athens.

Past the trees and underneath the debris lies Fisher-Robinson cemetery. In 1874, a Methodist church and black cemetery were founded on the property.

“Dilcey Ruffin, she was a slave, [and] she bought 40 acres of land and designated the acre for [a] cemetery and church and so she was a pioneer,” said Ivory Givens, a member of the Historical Commission. 

Givens said in the 1980s, members attempted to build a Texas historical marker at the site to recognize the…

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